(Rustem Skybin, 45, ceramics artist, attends an interview with AFP at his workshop in Kiev on September 10, 2021. – Born in exile, Rustem Skybin returned to his ancestral homeland Crimea in the mid- 1990s only to be uprooted just like his family before him — nearly 20 years later. The 45-year-old ceramics artist is among thousands of ethnic Tatars to have fled Crimea to mainland Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow captured the peninsula and made it part of Russia. The Muslim minority opposed Russia’s takeover fearing a repeat of Soviet-era repressions, like the mass deportations that drove Skybin’s relatives to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Photo: GENYA SAVILOV – AFP)
Comment here !